Day-trip, mid-June 2001
by Carol Foil
I had a business trip in Rio de Janeiro last week and was able to schedule one day of guided birding. For those who may find themselves in a similar situation at the same time of year, I will here file a brief report. At the advice of Miguel Castelino of Trogon Tours, I hired Ricardo Parrini (rparrini@hotmailcom) as a guide. It was great advice and I highly recommend Ricardo to anyone needing a guide for Brazil, if you can find him not already booked.
For the day, we headed to the Tijuca National Park and Forest, which is located in the suburbs of Rio. It is an old secondary and planted forest in hilly country that rises to about 800 meters. There are several well-groomed trails for hiking. We stopped at Mayrink, took the main trail (an old road) Estrada mirante Excelsior, and alsoa trail behind Restaurante Dois Esquilos. Here is the list of birds that Ricardo got up for us. Use of taped playbacks was almost essential for some of these, and a trained ear essential for many of them.
Plumbeous Pigeon (heard only)
Tawny-browed Owl (heard only)
Eastern Slaty Antshrike
Black-cheeked Gnateater (heard only)
Bellbird (heard only)
Pin-tailed Mankin (heard only)
Yellow-lored Tody Flycatcher
Rufous-browed Pepper-shrike (heard only)
At other locations around Rio I also saw, Mag Frigatebirds, Brown Boobies, Neotropic Cormorants, Kelp Gulls, Royal, Common and South American Terns, Ruddy Ground-Doves, Ringed Kingfisher, Gray-breasted Martin, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Sayaca Tanager, Golden-winged Cacique, Cattle Tyranrt, and Masked Water-Tyrant.
Good birding, all,
Baton Rouge, LA